Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tehama County Grand Jury uncovers misplaced funding

By JULIE ZEEB -DN Staff Writer
Updated: 07/06/2009 06:56:48 AM PDT

GERBER A number of things were discovered and revealed regarding the Gerber-Las Flores Community Service District when the Tehama County Grand Jury released it's 2008-2009 report, including a bank account the board knew nothing about containing money that was not the board's.

All the money should have been turned over to the Chamber of Commerce when the community hall was turned over, said CSD Chairman Larry Long.

The money found, about $3,200, was in an account that had been set up for the community club, but when the club disbanded it was given to the CSD to take care of the building.

Some of it was used for repairs, but what was left should have been given to the Chamber of Commerce, which assumed responsibility for the building's upkeep when the other account was handed over.

I want to thank you guys for doing that (investigative work), Chamber Secretary Debbie Humphreys said to CSD board members Long and Tom Humphreys, who were the bearers of the good news on behalf of the rest of the board.

The CSD had been in receipt of the information about the account since June 22, but had been ordered by Tehama County Superior Court Presiding Judge Dennis Murray not to reveal it until the information was released to the public in the grand jury report on June 30.

After hearing about the account, the board members began looking through paperwork until Humphreys found a deposit slip for an account at a bank that wasn't the one used by the community club.

It was discovered the account had been opened under a former general manager who was terminated by the district earlier this year. On her last day, while filling out other paperwork at the bank for a credit card for the district's office manager, one of the papers signed by the office manager was to be put on this account.

The $3,365 was returned Thursday at a special Chamber of Commerce meeting at the community hall in the form of a check along with $2,028 in rental fees for a total of $5,263.77.

It was a lot of work to get the money back, said Chamber President Earlene Cullison. I know Tom (Humphreys), the Pattersons and others know how much we need to repair this place.

Tehama County Supervisor Ron Warner gave an update on several projects.

The Gerber Pool is completely gone, but when the project, which will include new basketball and volleyball courts, tables and benches, would go out to bid was unknown, he said.

I couldn't tell you tomorrow if we'll have funding the day after tomorrow with what's going on in Sacramento, Warner said.

The Gerber Chamber of Commerce meets at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the community hall, but will be taking a break for July and August.

Regularly scheduled meetings will resume in September.


Staff Writer Julie Zeeb can be reached at 527-2153, extension 115, or at jzeeb@redbluffdailynews.com


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